Cocktails

Pearl Milk Toddy

By Jonathan Laurel May 16, 2019 Cocktails

Star anise, clove, coconut, honey, black tea Celyon black tea-infused cachaça, lemongrass, honey, coconut, cream, milk, Thai tea, tapioca pearls. Originating in Taiwan in the 1980s and spreading all across Southeast Asia, the bubble tea is a colorful mixture of tea, milk, and sugar, which is garnished with pearls, or “boba.”  Our homage to the bubble tea is a nineteenth century style Cold Toddy using an authentic, spiced, orange-colored Thai street tea combined… Read More

Volume 5: Thailand

By Jonathan Laurel May 15, 2019 Behind the Scenes Cocktails

Thailand is more than a country.  Thailand is a melting pot of Southeast Asian flavors, ingredients, and cooking methods.  For hundred of years, Thai cooking has combined its own traditions with inspiration from other cultures: China introduced noodles and the steel wok; Cambodia contributed grilling; the New World brought peanuts and chili peppers.  As David Thompson says, “The true genius of Thai cuisine is its ability to incorporate the unfamiliar, whether it be ingredient… Read More

Charles Dickens’s Enchanted Mint Julep

By Jonathan Laurel April 26, 2019 Cocktails

  Here in the Bluegrass, the Spring is marked by a series of back to back events largely unknown to the outside world: four weeks of horse racing at Keeneland, immediately followed by the world renowned Kentucky Three-Day Event (more horses), and then, one week later, the world famous Kentucky Derby.  And wherever people celebrate the Derby, there are bound to be Mint Juleps.  But while the history of the Julep is… Read More

Sri Lankan Pairing Dinner

By Jonathan Laurel March 28, 2019 Cocktails Events Food

On Thursday, April 11, West Main Crafting Co. will be presenting a pairing menu with guest chef Samantha Fore, of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites. This dinner will be wholly unique in Sam’s oeuvre (and ours), and we wanted to put a little more information out about it to get everyone excited. This, of course, is why we have a website where we can post all the words. Sam has been a friend of our… Read More

Historical Flight: George J. Kappeler

By Jonathan Laurel March 22, 2019 Cocktails

Our next historical cocktail flight is inspired by none other than the cocktail titan of late 19th century, George Kappeler. Serving as head barman at the Holland House Hotel, George J. Kappeler became one of the most famous bartenders of New York, and of the Golden Age in general. Kappeler seems to have had a knack for garnering media attention to his person and his craft, so it makes that sense his magnum opus, Modern… Read More